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Old 12-23-2009
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Jackline: to stern or not to stern

Hi,

I am setting up jacklines on my 29' C&C. I have picked up two nylon web jackline for running along the deckway on each side. How far back should the jackline go? I have read and heard arguments about bring the line back to the stern cleat or no closer than 6' before the stern. Some say you don't want to be dragged behind the boat, but others say you want to get to the ladder on the stern. I am leaning towards bringing the line all the way back. Nay suggestions or comments are greatly welcomed.

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Take it all the way back, but keep the tether as short as possible.Sooner, or later you will need to reach the stern whilke tethered in......i2f
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My vote is take it to just less than tether length from the back.

So far, two answers, two opinions.



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It all kindof depends on where the attachment points are doesn't it ?

Your stern cleat may be your only option unless you've got another unused cleat while underway.
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It's always been my opinion that the tether - jack line arrangement should be designed so that when you fall over you can climb back on without help. Now figure out what that is for you and your boat.
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I'm curious to see any other replies. Not knowing any better, I tried to set mine up with a short tether (about three feet) and placement of the jack lines so the arrangement will keep me on the boat. I put it on with concern for single handing out on the ocean where going off the boat in any event is going to be a real dicey situation.
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Brettms,
We use a double tether. One part is short (about 3 ft)the other is longer. Reason is that while you're in one place, a short tether is fine. But for moving about the boat and doing work (like fighting down the jib) 3 feet is just too short and doesn't give you the range of movement you need
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Another thought here from experience. Tether onto the windward side, and you will most likely stay on the boat if you do fall........i2f
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Ditto, Windward. Also, if you don't have one, Ideally, you'd want a strong attachment point near the companionway to hook onto before you step out into the cockpit..
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